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Kulim pupils win international award for portable water purifier


(From left) Praveein, Yogessvari, Cashraah and Vinhyawith their Gold Award for their smart water purifier invention at the 5th International Young Inventors Award 2018 in Bali, Indonesia.

(From left) Praveein, Yogessvari, Cashraah and Vinhyawith their Gold Award for their smart water purifier invention at the 5th International Young Inventors Award 2018 in Bali, Indonesia.

MALAYSIAN pupils beat a total 304 teams from 15 countries around the world to bag the 5th International Young Inventors Award 2018 at Bali, Indonesia.

The team of four, K. Yogessvari, Cashraah Samuel, D. Vinhya Sree, all 11, and P. Praveein, 10, from SJK (T) Kulim, Kedah, took home a trophy and a certificate for their smart water purifier invention.

Their project manager S. Paramanathan said the invention was a combination of filtration and purification by using gravel, silica sand, charcoal, sponge, a strainer, copper and Moringa seed powder.

“The goal of our invention is to develop a sustainable technique for water purification in rural areas.

“This invention is a simple, efficient, and easy method for water purification.

“It is a low-cost water purifier that can be made accessible to the lower-income group especially those who live in rural areas as it is also portable,” he said.

Paramanathan said the motive behind the invention was to provide everyone with access to clean drinking water.

“Drinking clean water promotes good health and reduces illnesses related to water contamination,” he said.

He said the purifier was part of the students’ Science project which they took upon themselves to create.

“They have made their parents, teachers and the school very proud with their hard work and creativity,” he said.

   

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